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Close to civilized conveniences but in the heart of the wilderness describes Brereton Lake. Located two hours east of Winnipeg just north of Rennie on Provincial Highway 307, beautiful Brereton Lake is home to a large cottage community, two resorts, a children's camp and a religious camp. Many pictures of sunsets and tiny islands show what cottagers here value most: Brereton Lake is the perfect home to those who love quiet days and nights in serene and scenic surroundings.
Whiteshell Provincial Park contains over 200 lakes, and Brereton Lake is one of the larger 'cottage' lakes where land is specifically leased to cottagers who pay yearly fees for the privilege. Brereton Lake has more cottage 'subdivisions' than most of the lakes in this central part of the Whiteshell, with cabins built along 75% of the nine-mile shoreline. The surrounding area is heavily wooded, and many cottages are screened partially from the water by trees. A sizable beach area near the south end of the lake is aptly named South Beach. Here, visitors can swim in the unsupervised swim area, enjoy a game of volleyball on the sandy beach, or spread out a picnic lunch in the adjacent picnic area. A public boat launch is located near the beach.
Brereton Lake is an all-sports lake with water-skiers, tubing fans, wake-boarders, pontoons, paddleboats, canoes and kayaks sharing the water. Most cottages have their own docks and usually a small swim area. Two resorts rent cabins, larger cottages, and lodge suites. Both rent canoes and kayaks, sell fishing bait and fishing licenses. One resort, located near the small dam at the outflow of the Rennie River, offers spa facilities. Inverness Falls is a short distance below the dam. The other resort has a small grocery store, gas station, and restaurant with lounge that are open to the public. This resort also has an attached Park service campground with tennis courts, playground, coin laundry, and picnic area. Most of the facilities are wheelchair-accessible. Many of the campsites are rented seasonally, but a few are reserved for occasional campers. A religious camp and a camp for handicapped children are also located along the eastern shore.
Fishing is usually good at Brereton Lake. Walleye have been stocked regularly and northern pike, yellow perch, smallmouth bass and panfish are also caught. A recent stocking addition, crappie are starting to catch on in the lake and will soon be providing even more fishing opportunities. The lake is several hundred acres with an average depth is about 15 feet, so there is plenty of fish-producing water located here. The docks at the boat launch are also available for fishing from shore. All anglers must possess a valid Manitoba fishing license and follow all Park regulations. Many small islands and coves augment the weed beds and submerged rocks as fish attracting features. A fish cleaning station is located at the campground.
Whiteshell Park is a noted hiking destination, and the area surrounding Brereton Lake is well-suited to outdoor adventure. The multi-purpose Trans-Canada Trail meanders along the east side of the lake on the other side of the road. Brereton Lake also has a railway stop which brings hikers to the area without the need for a vehicle. The roads around the lake are ideal for cycling and leisurely strolls. Three-mile Amisk Loop Trail begins at Highway 307, and travels past beaver dams to a lovely spot along the Rennie River. A side loop leads to the beach at Inverness Falls. The Inverness High Rock Ridge Trail begins at the spa resort and consists of several loops through the forest. This trail is a favorite for cross-country skiing in winter. Less traveled trails lead from the west side of Brereton Lake to Mud Turtle Lake and on to War Eagle Lake. These lakes are not accessible by road.
Brereton Lake is a common gathering spot for snowmobilers. Trails are marked across the lake once the ice is thick enough. Rennie is less than five miles south of the lake and serves as a major snowmobile destination where several trails meet. Many of the resorts in the area stay open year-round to provide lodgings to winter guests. A number of the cottagers have winterized their cabins to take advantage of the many opportunities for winter sports. Plenty of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and winter nature observance are provided near the lake. Not far away within the Whiteshell, areas are available for downhill skiing. Many of the lakes, including Brereton Lake, are available for ice fishing.
Lodgings can be found at the resorts or nearby at Rennie, which has a small hotel. A number of outfitters licensed to operate in Whiteshell Park are headquartered at Rennie and also offer lodgings to their guests. Campgrounds are found on many of the lakes in the area, and a number of private owners rent their cottages by the week or the season. Some of these cottages can be found for sale, but they sell quickly. Rennie is less than half an hour north of the Trans-Canada Highway and thus easy to get to from both Ontario and North Dakota. The Whiteshell is a vast natural wilderness area, and Brereton Lake is just the beginning of the boreal forest adventures you'll enjoy here.
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